28 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.14
On the job
A sports editor in Wisconsin was superintendent
for a day at GCSAA Class A member Tim Wegner's
course. See how it turned out at OnMilwaukee.com.
Illinois country club to play on
Itasca (Ill.) Country Club has been around for
nearly 90 years. The Daily Herald tells us why it will
be around for a while longer. www.dailyherald.com/
Andrew Hall, a gardener in the United Kingdom,
spent four years restoring a more than 100-year-old
lawnmower. Read all about it in the Daily Mail. www.
mental Institute for Golf (EIFG).
Scholarship recipients may use the award to attend
local, regional or national education conferences or to en
roll in continuing education programs at an institution of
higher learning. To apply, go to www.backedbybayer.com/
Navarre earns top
Didn't somebody once say you're never too old?
Meet Gerry Navarre. This 54-year-old Michigan
State University student, pursuing a second career in turf
management, earned the top prize of $6,000 among 14
awards in the 2014 Scholars Competition offered through
GCSAA. The award is called the Mendenhall Award,
named in honor of the late Chet Mendenhall, who was a
charter member of GCSAA.
Navarre spent 25 years in fnancial consulting and
mortgage services before reconsidering his career choice.
"It (award) is a big deal to me. It's going to take a load of
fnancial stress off since I have a 20-year-old in college
as well. I worked on a golf course for seven years during
high school and college and I loved it. It would have been
a tremendous career path the frst time around, but it's not
too late to start."
The second-place award went to Christopher Marra,
21, of Penn State University. He received $5,000. Marra
received the MacCurrach Award, named in honor of the
late Allan MacCurrach, who was the PGA Tour's frst
staff agronomist in 1974 and was GCSAA's Distinguished
Service Award recipient in 1997. The PGA Tour funds
Navarre and Marra receive an all-expenses-paid trip to
the 2015 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. Other award
Teddy Norman, University of Massachusetts-Am
herst, $2,500; John Petrovsky, Penn State University,
$2,500; Morgan Robins, Penn State University, $2,000;
Richard Plemel, Rutgers University, $2,000; Sean Kelly,
Penn State University, $2,000; Travis Russell, University
of Arkansas, $2,000; Michael Wright, Michigan State Uni
versity, $1,500; Andres Johansson, Michigan State Uni-
versity, $1,500; Justin Hickman, Mississippi State Univer-
sity, $1,000; Matthew Herrmann, Penn State University,
$1,000; Benjamin Cibotti III, Penn State University, $500;
and Robert Bond, Penn State University, $500.
Recipients were selected by the GCSAA Schol
ars Competition Task Group. Criteria include academic
achievement, potential to become a leading industry
professional and employment history. Applicants must
be enrolled in a recognized undergraduate program in
a major feld related to golf/turf management and be a
The $30,000 program is funded by the Robert Trent
Jones Endowment and administered by GCSAA's philan
thropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf. It
was developed to recognize outstanding students planning
careers in golf course management.
Rounds 4 Research totals
The fnal numbers are in: $145,339 was raised in the
Rounds 4 Research fundraising program this summer.
A second phase of Rounds 4 Research took place
in August. The program, to raise funds for turfgrass re
search, totaled more than 200 rounds sold for $30,891
in a seven-day online auction. In the frst round in June,
nearly $115,000 was raised for the program that is run by
the Environmental Institute for Golf.
The Metropolitan GCSA led the way in August with
more than $4,000 raised among the 40 fundraising part
ners that donated rounds for turfgrass research at the local
level. The top bid for a tee time for four golfers was $1,480
for the chance to play Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.,
site of this year's PGA Championship. A stay-and-play
package at French Lick (Ind.) Resort sold for $1,650.
The Toro Co. supports the program with a $50,000 do
nation. Since being launched in 2012, Rounds 4 Research
has raised more than $320,000. Eighty percent of the money
raised is returned to the local chapters for turf studies.
John Galbraith @VAsoilguy
The Science of Soil Health: Rhizode
position - what plants put into the soil
through their roots... http://youtu.be/
East lake Agronomy @eastlake1904_
Very busy morning! Early tee times to
avoid storms. We came we saw we
conquered! Very lucky to have great vol
Jon Hungerford @TCI_Turfgrass
We go from having pythium in our rough
on Monday to possible frost tomorrow
morning. Gotta love Iowa weather.
Andy O'Haver @andyohaver
Happy Friday! #hydraulic pic.twitter.
Mitch Davidson @MitchDavy
Heavy morning frost means taking our
full turf care team of 7 members out
for breakfast at whifs #team pic.twitter.
Adam Breitenfeldt @AdamBfelt
Nice day to put down some nitrogen and
ferrous sulfate! #offcewithawindow
Jim Brosnan, Ph.D. @ UTTurfWeeds
@utgroundscrew talking to # UT
TurfFD14 attendees about feld mainte-
nance at Neyland Stadium, home of the